Fulbright Scholar Award

Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2023
April 2024
Award Length
6 months
10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Area Studies, non- U.S.
Art History
Creative Writing
Environmental Sciences
Film/Cinema Studies
History, American
History, non- U.S.
Library Science
Literature, American
Literature, non- U.S.
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Health
Religious Studies
Social Work
Urban Planning/Studies
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity
  • Teaching grants: Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the area of scholar's specialization. Teaching loads range from three to 12 hours per week. Scholars may also be asked to serve in other capacities, such as thesis advisor, tutor, or editor, and assist with curriculum development, practical training, conference organization, public lectures, seminars, or research collaboration.
  • Research grants: Conduct research in applicant's field of specialization.  
  • Teaching/Research grants: Teach and conduct research per semester in the field of specialization. Also, consult on curriculum, program, and faculty development and conduct seminars and workshops. Preference is given to research activities involving collaboration with local scholars. For teaching/research, the proportion of each should be determined in consultation with the host and clearly stated in the proposal.

Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution including nonprofit institutions of higher education and research, authenticated colleges, authenticated universities, libraries, archives, museums, arts centers, hospitals, public television and radio stations, government agencies, national laboratories, privately sponsored nonprofit institutes, nonprofit organizations, government charted nonprofit research organizations, and foundations.

Award Length and Period

Six to 10 months

  • Teaching, and Teaching/Research grants: One semester grants may begin in September 2023 or February 2024. Two-semester grants must begin in September 2024. See Additional Comments.
  • Research grants: Grants must begin between September 1, 2023 and April 1, 2024, and they must be completed by September 30, 2024. See Additional Comments. 
Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations, but applications in the following specializations are preferred: Chinese and/or Taiwan studies; creativity, innovation and cultural industry; Cross-Strait studies; health care policy; entrepreneurship; international affairs; international education; international relations; management; marine science; migration and immigration policy; public policy; public safety; science, technology and innovation policy; and tourism.

Additional depth and breadth are encouraged in seven general areas: "Indigenous People Initiative," "Pacific Corals Holistic Project," "Tomorrow's Rivers Initiative, "Cross-Strait Studies, "English Education Project," "Public Health," and "Arts & Culture." Please visit the Fulbright Taiwan website for examples.

Special Features

Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program

As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant, but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to obtain a letter of invitation from the potential host institution and submit it at the time of application. Applicants without an invitation letter may indicate preferred affiliations; Fulbright Taiwan will arrange and finalize all affiliations in consultation with potential hosts.

Please be mindful July and August are the traditional summer vacation months in Taiwan and responses to inquiries about the invitation letters may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact Taiwanese host institutions well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application. When asking your contact to write an invitation letter, please indicate consent to the visit, the period of the visit, the name of the host who will be primarily working with the scholar, a description of the host's interest in the applicant's project and how it will benefit the host institution such as the benefits of the scholar's visit to the host institution (for research cooperation or teaching for example), long-term benefits of the visit, benefits of the scholar's visit beyond the host institution (for the academic field or society, for example), etc.

For teaching and teaching/research grants, free housing is provided by most preferred host institutions during the length of stay; this should be clearly identified and articulated in the letter of invitation; however, grantees are responsible for securing their housing arrangements directly with their hosts.

Host institutions have offered some of the following services to previous Fulbright scholars per request: housing relocation assistance, university office space, secretarial assistance, access to library resources, IT and laboratory facilities, on-campus healthcare and extracurricular resources (sports, etc.). University housing is not usually available for research grantees. The Foundation Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) will provide a partial housing allowance.

Previous research grantees have been affiliated with such organizations as Academic Sinica, National Central Library, National Palace Museum, National Health Research Institute, National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, and many universities.

Collaboration with local scholars is highly desirable.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required.

For teaching/research and research, adequate language skills for proposed research is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal. Completion of the language proficiency report(s) depends upon the research needs.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants are expected to have either a published research record (for academics) or have established a creative portfolio (for artists) or other bodies of work within the last three years. Applicants with three or more years of university teaching experience are preferred.

Additional Comments

Fall and 10-month grantees should be in Taiwan in time for the Welcome Meeting (usually the Friday after Labor Day). Fall grantees should try to stay through the Midyear Conference at the end of January. If an exception is made regarding arrival, the grantee is required to stay through the Midyear Conference.

Spring grantees are strongly encouraged to arrive before the Midyear Conference. (Dates can be confirmed with Fulbright Taiwan.)

All teaching and teaching/research grantees must remain for the entire teaching semester(s).

Award Allowances

Monthly Support:

·  Base Stipend
- Teaching and Teaching/Research grants: NT$90,000 (US$3,200) per month
- Research grants: NT$69,000 (US$2,400) per month

·  Living Allowance:
- Teaching, Research, and Teaching/Research Grants: NT$30,000 (US$1,000) per month; an additional NT$6,000 (US$214) for accompanying spouse and NT$6,000 (US$214) per accompanying child, up to two children

·  Housing Allowance:
- Teaching and Teaching/Research grants: Provided by the host institution (benefit equivalent to approximately US$1,200 per month)
- Research grants: Housing allowance of NT$30,000 (US$1,000) per month for the grantee including accompanying spouse; if the number of accompanying dependents is two or more people, the housing allowance is NT$36,000 (US$1,250)

(*Exchange rate: US$1.00 ≈ NT$28.00-30.00)

Note: - The actual payment amount is based on the above-mentioned Taiwan dollars.
          - The funds will be paid in NTD to a local Taiwan bank account.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

- A direct roundtrip economy-class air ticket will be provided for the grantee and up to three accompanying dependents

- A one-time settling-in allowance and baggage allowance of NT$36,000 (US$1,250), upon arrival

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

One-time research allowance of NT$15,000 (US$500)

Additional Dependent Benefits

Dependent tuition allowance of up to US$10,000 per child per semester for accompanying dependents in grades 1-12, and up to US$20,000 per family. The tuition allowance is only for regular semesters (the first semester begins in mid-September and ends in late January; the second semester begins in early February and ends in late June, depending on the lunar calendar).

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living

Currency: The New Taiwan dollar is the official currency of Taiwan. The currency code is TWD and this is commonly abbreviated as NT$ or NTD$. Cash payment is common in Taiwan though many shops also accept credit cards, Easy Card and iPass. Checks are not normally used in Taiwan for payment of everyday expenses. Most banks offer foreign currency exchange and bank services in NT dollars. Foreigners possess the Alien Resident Certificate can open a Taiwanese bank account. The minimum monthly wage is NT$25,250 (US$870) and the average regular monthly income is NT$42,498 (US$1,465) in 2020. The minimum cost of living is NT$16,000 (US$552) in 2021. The cost of living is low – as it is really affordable for foreigner to live, travel, and study.

Transportation: There are currently five MRT systems in Taiwan: Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, New Taipei and Taichung. Urban train system is inexpensive and efficient - you can get to one side of the city from the other for NT$60 (US$2). Bus fares cost even cheaper for NT$15-25 (US$0.5-0.9). During daytime, the starting amount for a cab in Taipei is NT$70 (US$2.5), and NT$20 is about 1-kilometer ride. An Easy Card or iPass can be purchased at all MRT stations and convenience stores. They not only can get through all the public transportation around Taiwan, but also can be used as a payment card in many stores. The Easy Card and iPass cost NT$100 (US$3.6). After you got the card, you can top up as many amounts as you want via machines in the MRT station or the convenience stores.

Rent: Housing standards here are generally quite acceptable, but apartments are usually smaller than you might be used to, especially in big cities like Taipei. Rent varies considerably depending on location, sharing arrangements, and quality of apartment. The majority of our international students in Taipei and Taichung pay between NT$8,000 (US$286) and $16,000 (US$572) per month. Elsewhere, rent is cheaper. Apartments usually come unfurnished, but sometimes the landlord or the previous occupants leave basic furnishings. Air conditioning is common, but central heating is very rare as there is little need for it.

Tuition: Public school is free in Taiwan from Grade 1-12 (as it is compulsory for all children to attend school for 12 years). The annual cost for international schools is between US$20,000 and US$35,000. The cost for undergraduate degree each year is between US$1,800 and US$2,500 and also the cost for the graduate degree each year is between US$1,800 and US$5,000.

Phone and Internet: Some of the largest mobile providers in Taiwan are Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, FarEasTone, and T Star. Their websites have detailed price plans and the full list of services available to customers. A mobile phone contract will give expats a much more permanent solution to communications in Taiwan, with more services and talk time with monthly bills. Most apartment rentals include cable and internet service.

Food: Taiwan is world-known for its great varieties of cuisine, and the cost is quite affordable. You can easily find local rice, noodle, soup, or dumplings dish for between NT$40 (US$1.6) and NT$100 (US$3.6). A Big Mac, fries, and soda set from McDonald’s costs about NT$180 (US$6.4). Dinner for two in a good restaurant will cost about NT$1,000 (US$36). Supermarkets sell local and imported product at average prices. Finding vegetarian food is not very difficult. The cost of food and drinks is about NT$400-500 (US$14-18) per day.

Entertainment: Movie tickets cost about NT$250-320 (US$9-$11.4) based on location. The cost for the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), or the National Place Museum are NT$30 (US$1), NT$50 (US$1.8), and NT$350 (US$12.5) admission respectively. Taiwan has many great hiking trails and most of them are free of charge. If you have an Easycard or credit card, you can rent a Ubike in all major cities of Taiwan. The process is very easy and the rate is affordable.

Cost of Health Insurance: With comprehensive medical facilities, convenient clinical visits, friendly service attitude and state-of the art-equipment, medical costs are very competitive in comparison with other advanced countries. Taiwan has become a leading choice for oversea medical treatments. The health system in Taiwan is extremely advanced, convenient, and affordable. Clinics are readily accessible; every visit costs about US$6-US$10 and this covers all the bills including medication.

Special Award Benefits

- After receiving the Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), national health insurance will be provided.

- After accompanying qualifying dependents obtain the Taiwan ARC and have been in Taiwan for six months continously and calculate from ARC issued date, national health insurance will be provided.

- Exemption from Taiwan visa application fee (US$160)

- Exemption from Taiwan income tax on the Fulbright stipend

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

With a thriving economy, buoyed by rapid technological advancement, a healthcare revolution and a vibrant media landscape, Taiwan boasts top global universities and academic departments equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

There are three types of higher education institutions in Taiwan: private and public universities, junior colleges and technical institutes. There are about 1.3 million students of higher education attending more than 160 institutions. Taiwan seeks to bolster the quality of instructors in the coming years. Through these efforts, Taiwan believes a comprehensive curriculum will be truly beneficial for students entering the job market.

Taiwan's health care system is often measured against the world’s best. With its comprehensive medical facilities, convenient clinical visits, quality medical system, friendly service attitude and state-of-the-art-equipment, medical costs are very competitive in comparison with other advanced countries. Taiwan has become a leading choice for overseas medical treatments. Our U.S. grantees are offered Taiwan National Health Insurance during their grant periods after receiving the Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). Also, they are exempted from Taiwan visa application fee (US$160)-it also applies to their dependents, and Taiwan Income Tax on the Fulbright stipend. In addition, there are airport pick-up and drop-off services provided.

Taiwan is considered to be very safe country and has high quality of life with great food, comfortable accommodations, extremely convenient transportation (there are metro systems in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, New Taipei, and Taichung), fast internet, and beautiful scenery. The cost of living in Taiwan is relatively low and is a great place to learn Chinese (almost everyone here speaks Mandarin Chinese). The weather is nice most of time throughout the year. Winters are not too cold and summers have lots of sunshine.  

The academic year runs from mid-September to late June. The first semester is from September to January; the second semester is from late January or early February to late June (depending on the lunar calendar).

Previous Fulbright Recipients

2017-2018 Fulbright Senior Scholar: “Our year in Taiwan has given me and my family a tremendous appreciation for the people of Taiwan, and we are grateful for their hospitality. It also transformed my kids into curious world travelers. Get LINE social messaging app. It is the best way to contact people in Taiwan. Local sports centers are great, including swimming classes for kids. People are very friendly...start up a conversation!” “Apartment brokers can help find housing when you are still abroad. Get an international drivers license before leaving the US (and change to a "driving visa" in Taiwan). Get a local phone immediately. The Taiwanese people are very friendly and welcoming to Americans and foreigners in general.”

2020-2021 Fulbright Senior Scholar: “The food in Taiwan is delicious and affordable. The MRT is very convenient. Taxis are cheap. The National Central Library's Center for Chinese Studies is very accommodating. It provides CCS scholars with individual offices and the staff are very helpful in assisting scholars in their research by finding sources for them.”

2020-2021 Fulbright Senior Scholar: “Taiwan is an incredibly welcoming place. It feels like if you are kind to people, they will be kind to you. I really had absolutely no issues with Taiwanese culture even though I don't speak Mandarin.”

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